When most people think of the wilderness they picture untamed lands that haven’t been settled. However, for South Africans, the word is synonymous with a great holiday destination on the Garden Route. The Wilderness accommodation is ideal for summer holidays as it is perfectly situated along the coast.

Wilderness is a small seaside town surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in the country. This is because the town is nestled between the Outeniqua Mountains, the Indian Ocean, the Kaaimans River, and the Wilderness National Park. This makes it a very popular destination for those exploring the Garden Route. That is why we decided to write this article to take a look at some of the Wilderness accommodations that are sure to make for a memorable vacation.

The Wilderness Hotel

The wilderness hotel nestled amongst the mountains with the coast visible nearby, this is the wilderness accommodation with the most international fame

Top of our list is none other than the Wilderness Hotel which is one of the oldest guest houses in the country. The hotel began in 1924 as the WIlderness Hostel and has grown substantially over the last 99 years. Today it is a famous landmark accepting guests from all over the world. The hotel has an old-style charm that is a testament to its long history, though of course it has been updated with modern facilities.

The Wilderness Hotel has a total of 150 rooms, ensuring there is plenty of room for guests. These rooms vary in size from the standard king/twin which sleeps 2 up to the standard family bunk bed that can sleep 6 guests. They also have speciality suites like their luxury family suite which has its own kitchen, and the honeymoon suite with a large jacuzzi. All of the rooms come with a tv and unlimited complimentary Wi-Fi.

As a world-famous hotel, there is no shortage of facilities at this accommodation. The hotel has a full wellness spa that is perfect for you to relax and unwind in. There are numerous sporting facilities for those who like to stay active including tennis, squash, mountain biking, and a full gym. Once you get hungry you can satisfy your hunger at the Loerie restaurant, which offers an a la carte menu as well as a breakfast and Sunday lunch buffet. Additionally, there is a sparkling blue swimming pool that is perfect for escaping the summer heat. With so much to offer, this is the Wilderness accommodation for those who like to keep busy on their holidays.

Moontide Guest Lodge

two loundgers on a wooden deck under a tree alongside a river, a prime example of what the Wilderness accommodation has to offer

Next on our list of the Wilderness accommodation is Moontide Guest Lodge. This wonderful accommodation is nestled between the Indian Ocean and the Touwsrivier. Meaning it is surrounded by the tranquil sound of water at all times. It is also surrounded by luscious gardens that are a testament to why this area is part of the Garden Route.

Moontide Guest Lodge has 9 individually-decorated rooms each with a private garden entrance and their own outdoor seating area. Each of these rooms has absolutely stunning decor from the ocean-themed boat house to the forested Treetops room with a more tribal theme. All of the rooms have an en-suite bathroom, tea/coffee-making facilities and tv. All of these rooms face the river and are a mere 4-minute walk from the beach.

The facilities at this accommodation are sparse though it is intended for those who want to relax surrounded by nature. The lodge is fortunately located close to the beach and a mere 10-minute drive from the famous indigenous forests of the area. This makes this the Wilderness accommodation for those looking for a quiet coastal retreat and to enjoy the beauty of nature.

Old Post Office Lodge

The 2-storey old post office building with restaurant down stairs and accommodation upstairs, the Wilderness accommodation with a rich history

Last on our list is another historic accommodation in the Wilderness the Old Post Office Lodge. This accommodation is ideally located in the centre of town and just a 5-minute walk from the beach. It is located in the historic post office building that was the start of the town of Wilderness and operates as a modern bed and breakfast.

The Old Post Office Lodge has a total of six rooms available all with en-suite bathrooms. Each of these rooms is able to accommodate two guests. The rooms also all have a tv with DSTV, coffee/tea making facilities, and a small fridge. Breakfast is also included in the room’s rates as well as free wifi and cleaning services. These rooms also have fantastic patios that look out over the small town, ideal for a couple of sundowners.

While the accommodation itself does not include a great deal of facilities. Its central location means that you have easy access to most of the activities in town, including the beach, restaurants, and bars. Additionally, the accommodation is on top of the Pomdoro restaurant and bar, meaning you are always able to grab a quick drink. This is the Wilderness accommodation for those wanting to explore all this beautiful town has to offer.

These are our picks for the 3 best of the wilderness accommodation available. Therefore, the next time you are looking for the perfect accommodation on the Garden Route. Be sure to book a stay at one of these accommodations for the perfect vacation that will leave you refreshed and rejuvenated.

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